When you look at your sliding glass door, what are the thoughts that come to mind? If you’ve had the door installed in your home for more than a few years, chances are, you probably think it needs to be replaced. However, if you’ve never ventured into replacing a sliding glass door before, you are going to want to consider renovating your existing door, rather than completely dismantling your sliding glass door frame, and creating potential problems for yourself later. Following a few simple steps, you can reinvigorate your door, and save yourself money over having to completely replace it.
Tip #1 – Clean the windows with newspaper and a window cleaning solution. The grittiness of the newspaper acts much in the same fashion as sandpaper. However, if you were to take sandpaper to your sliding glass door, you could potentially scratch and damage the glass, costing yourself even more money. As you’re cleaning the glass, and the newspaper begins losing its rough feeling, and becoming wet, you will want to swap it out for a new piece. The newspaper will bust through years worth of buildup and grime on your glass.
Tip #2 – Use a vacuum on the tracks and rollers on the bottom of the door. Over years of use, walking inside and out of the door, you are going to find out that dust, dirt, debris, and even pet hair and dander will begin building up in the lower track, eventually finding its way into the rollers. When this happens, your door will not operate as it did when you first installed it. This is a cheap tip that can go a long way toward helping you avoid pulling the entire door frame out and cleaning it, or replacing the rollers manually.
Tip #3 – Paint the surrounding frame, and lay a bead of caulk on the glass. Another problem many homeowners have with their sliding glass door, is that it is going to lose its beauty and luster over the years. As the paint on the frame begins to chip or fade, the overall appearance of the door is going to diminish greatly. If you are having problems with your air conditioning or heating leaving through the glass, you can also apply a bead of caulk around the glass, near the metal frame. The caulking will prevent any drafts from causing your energy bills to rise.